The boys of NASCAR raced on a Sunday for the first time in 35 days, and what a race it was in Talladega! So who survived the carnage, and who got swept up in the storm? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: Kevin Harvick. What is it about Happy and photo finishes? His first career win, his first Daytona 500 win, and his first win in over 100 races have all been decided by a combined total of less than 0.1 seconds. Whatever works, right Kevin?
Not: Jimmie Johnson. “4-time” crashed during the second green-white-checkered attempt. The icing on the cake: His new “buddy” Jeff Gordon got the free pass.
Hot: Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. Back on the list, only this time it’s in a good way. The EGR cars of Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in Talladega.
Not: Jeff Gordon. Gordon crashed for the second straight week, and once again he lost a race that he could have easily won. But Jeff’s not upset; he was just glad to “finish on the lead lap.”
Hot: The Gordon/Johnson Rivalry. This is getting serious, folks. Johnson threw a block on Gordon in the closing laps that put his co-owner in a position to be caught up in a wreck(which J.J. had a hand in causing). Meanwhile, the man Gordon brought up is now on his last nerve, and Gordon is p-o’ed at him.
Not: Joey Logano. See also: Jeff Gordon. Logano had another stellar run going, and appeared poised to take a shot at winning the race. But a second wreck in so many weeks knocked the youngster out of the top 12 in points.
Hot: David Ragan. The Georgia boy gets some love this week. Ragan earned his first top 10 of the season, and looked really good at one of his favorite tracks, as he even led some laps. Things are looking up for the UPS driver.
Not: Jeff Burton. Talk about somebody who can’t catch a break. Burton has now had a real shot at winning the last 4 races, but a plethora of problems has kept him out of Victory Lane. This week, it was a crash with 6 laps to go.
Hot: Mike Bliss. Had to give a shout-out to the hard-luck driver and his team. Bliss, who recently parted ways with Tommy Baldwin Racing, took the unsponsored Phoenix Racing car to a top 10 in Talladega. Atta boy, Mike!
Not: Brad Keselowski. Brad K. didn’t have a chance to repeat his ’09 win at Talladega, as he crashed out during the first green-white-checkered attempt. As Brad wrecked, ahead of him, Carl Edwards was breathing for the first time in 4 hours.